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Sau pleads guilty to resisting arrest

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who pushed a cop and then kicked the officer's hands while he was trying to place handcuffs on him appeared in District Court yesterday morning for his pretrial conference.

Tise Sau has pled guilty to resisting arrest.

He was initially charged with third degree assault, public peace disturbance, and resisting arrest — all class A misdemeanors; however, under a plea agreement with the government, he agreed to plead guilty to resisting arrest. The remaining charges are dismissed.

With his guilty plea, Sau admits that on May 9, 2018, he was involved in a fight with other young men in the village; and they were loud and making unreasonable noises. It was in the middle of the fight that a police unit arrived and officers attempted to arrest him.

Sau admits that he knew the officers were coming to arrest him,  and he resisted by pushing one of the officer's away and then kicking the officer’s hand to stop him from detaining him.

Sau apologized to the court for his actions and immediately requested a second chance so he can change his life. He told the court that he’s truly remorseful for what he did.

Sunia accepted the defendant’s apology and sentenced him to 12 months probation, subject to several conditions, including maintaining the peace in his village, remain law abiding, and be alcohol and drug free.

He was also ordered to pay a $100 fine.